Five mayoral positions on November ballots

Five mayoral positions on November ballots

Voters will go to the polls Nov. 3 to decide contested mayoral seats in Brookhaven, Doraville, Dunwoody and Lithonia as well as elect a new state senator and representative.

Brookhaven residents will elect a new mayor. The candidates are Dale Boone, a competitive eater, and attorney John Ernst, former chairman of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics.

In Doraville’s mayoral race, former Councilman Tom Hart, a retired chemist, is challenging Mayor Donna Pittman.

Three people are trying to unseat incumbent Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis: Steve Chipka, a retired BellSouth manager; Chris Grivakis, a senior account executive at Textron Financial Corp.; and Denis Shortal, a former councilman and retired U.S. Marines brigadier general.

Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson is defending her position against Lithonia City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Al Franklin

There is only one candidate for Pine Lake’s mayoral position, Melanie Hammet, a musician and former city councilwoman. 


State Senate District 43 

Nine candidates are running to fill the unexpired term for the Georgia Senate District 43 seat, which includes parts of DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties. The seat was vacated when former Sen. Ronald Ramsey resigned to accept a judgeship in DeKalb County Traffic Court. 

Republicans seeking the seat are Diane Adoma, owner of Diane Adoma Consulting LLC, of Lithonia; William “Bill” Kennedy; and JaNice Frey Van Ness, founder of Peachtree Academy Private School and Early Childhood Centers.

Five Democrats are seeking the Senate District 43 seat: Tonya Anderson, a state representative who resigned to run for the senate seat; Marcus Jordan, chief appraiser for the Newton County Board of Tax Assessors; Sharon Griffin Sawyer, a financial analyst; Rodney Upton, who’s in a septic and plumbing business; and Stan Williams, an independent consultant specializing in education consulting, relationship marketing and fund development.

Nonpartisan candidate Angela Moore, political consultant and international public relations specialist, also is seeking the seat.


State House District 92 

Doreen Carter, president of the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce and a former Lithonia City Council member, is facing off against attorney Sherri L. Washington for the state house District 92 seat. That seat became vacant when Tonya Anderson resigned to run for a state senate seat. 


Avondale Estates

Avondale Estates Mayor Jonathan Elmore has no opposition for his seat, while five people are running for two open seats on the city’s commission: Brian Fisher, John Pomberg, Todd Pullen, John Quinn and Adela Yelton.



Bates Mattison, who works in healthcare information technology, is running unopposed for the District 3 council seat, while in the District 1 race, incumbent Linley Jones, an attorney, faces attorney Eve Erdogan, chief operating officer at A.C.T. Investments.



In the city council District 2 race, incumbent Leslie Robson is being challenged by Verle Van Hoozen, a protein merchandiser at PFG Milton’s. District 3 incumbent Thomas Hogan II faces Clara Azcunes de Ojeda, a licensed architect. Darron Kusman, director of finance at Church’s Chicken, is trying to unseat incumbent Dan Zanger, owner of a lawn care business and the city’s mayor pro tem, for an at-large council seat.



Five people, including an incumbent, are vying for three open seats on the Clarkston City Council.

The candidates are Beverly H. Burks, executive director of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc; Birendra Dhakal, a Clarkston planning and zoning board member; Awet “Howard” Eyasu, owner of Keren Tax & Other Services LLC; incumbent Warren Hadlock, a flooring installation contractor; and Mario Williams, an international human rights advocate and civil rights attorney.



There are three city commission seats up for grabs. In the District 1, Post B race, incumbent Scott S. Drake has two challengers, Valencia Monique Breedlove, senior probation officer with DeKalb County Juvenile Court, and Eric Tumperi, CEO of CorrectTech Inc.

Two people are running for the District 2, Post B commission seat: attorney James Johnson and Brian Smith, chairman of Decatur’s Zoning Board of Appeals. The race for the at-large commission seat has two contenders: Tony Powers, co-owner of Intown Ace Hardware and chairman of the city planning commission, and John Ridley, a former Decatur city commissioner.

Incumbent Garrett Goebel is unopposed for the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education District 1, Post B seat, while the District 2, Post B seat has two candidates: attorney Thomas DeSimone and entrepreneur Tasha Rose White.



Contested council seats include District 1, being sought by incumbent Pam Fleming, and Julie Newman; and District 2, with candidates M. D. Naser and Tim Snyder.



Terry Nall, the city councilman for the at-large Post 4 position, faces challenger Becky Springer.

Three candidates are unopposed for the council seats they are seeking: Pam Tallmadge, District, Post 1; incumbent Lynn Deutsch, at-large, Post 5; and incumbent John Heneghan, at large, Post 6.



Three people are running for two council seats: Fred Reynolds Sr., an independent contractor, and incumbent councilmembers Darold Honore, a real estate executive and former Lithonia mayor, and Shameka Reynolds, a funeral director.


Pine Lake

Four people are running for two open council seats: Brandy Hall, Tonja Holder, incumbent Megan Ross Pulsts and Dugan Trodglen. Additionally, there is a special election to fill another council seat. The contestants are Jean Bordeaux, Kris Morlan Casariego and William Cotter.


Stone Mountain

There are two contested races for city council positions in Stone Mountain. 

City council Post 2 incumbent Steve Wells, a logistics management specialist for the U. S. Air Force, is facing Diana Roe Hollis, a retired risk manager.

In the city council Post 3 race, incumbent Charkira Johnson, a civil engineer, faces Judy F. Asher, an interior designer.

Richard Mailman, owner of Mailman Lawn Service, is running unopposed for his Post 1 city council seat.


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